Pace, Booths A2 and C9
Regent’s Park, London, UK
15 – 19 October 2014
London—Pace is pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 editions of Frieze and Frieze Masters at Regent’s Park, London, from 15 to 19 October. Pace’s two presentations will include a selection of work by international historic and contemporary artists, spanning painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video.
At Frieze Masters (C9), Pace and Pace Primitive will present a selection of some of the most important artists of the twentieth century juxtaposed with late nineteenth-century African and Oceanic art.
Coinciding with Pace’s upcoming exhibition Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style in New York, Pace will present Buste de femme couchée, a 1939 drawing by Picasso, illustrating his constantly developing and experimental approach to representation and space.
Following Picasso’s radical departure from conventional portraiture, Study for Woman (1952) by Abstract Expressionist pioneer Willem de Kooning will also be on view at Frieze Masters. The large charcoal and gouache study provides insight into the artist’s process, serving as a foundational document to his masterpiece Woman, I (1950-52), one of the most iconic artworks of the twentieth century and a defining example of Abstract Expressionism.
The presentation will also include a selection of sculptures by Alexander Calder made in the 1940s and 1950s. The works convey Calder at his most ebullient, marking his confident embrace of materials, colour and biomorphic forms. A gouache from 1949 will demonstrate Calder’s experimentation and shrewd understanding of form and colour across disciplines. Pace is currently presenting an outdoor exhibit of Calder’s large public sculptures in Midtown Manhattan, on view until 10 November 2014. In November 2015 the Tate Modern will mount Calder’s largest retrospective in the United Kingdom.
A selection of recent works by a vibrant selection of contemporary artists from diverse international backgrounds and practices will be on view at Frieze (A2). British artist Nigel Cooke, who recently joined Pace, concocts acid-coloured, dystopian scenes at a grand scale that both build on and unsettle traditions of landscape and history painting. Cooke works in extreme detail, creating vividly realized worlds, while also including broad brush gestures that obscure and erase, creating both a sense of dynamism and dislocation. Distinctly of the UK, critic Barry Schwabsky wrote Cooke’s work evokes a “last of England” quality: “Cooke has the immaculate technique required to be both a finicky miniaturist and an expansive monochrome painter, as well as the pictorial intelligence it takes to make the two artists in him collaborate on a single picture.”
Pace will also present work by pioneering British photographer Paul Graham whose work since the 1980s has consistently pushed conventions of the medium. Exhibiting work from his series Does Yellow Run Forever? Graham culls from different personal experiences and landscapes to pose a loose narrative surrounding hope and happiness. Photographs of his sleeping girlfriend allude to dream states while images of rainbows address more mystical and nebulous dimensions of hope.
Pace’s exhibition at Frieze will survey a selection of artist’s working from Pop imagery. Mnemonic Vehicle #1 (Ferrari Berlinetta), a new work by Vik Muniz, is a rare example of the artist’s sculpture, depicting an oversized Matchbox car atop a mid-century-style box. Muniz fabricated both the car and box from industrial materials, giving both a slightly worn appearance, creating an artificial sense of use in the otherwise pristine if falsified relic of pop culture.
Pace will present a 2013 watercolour pigment print of Kate Moss by Chuck Close, whose idiosyncratic approach to technique and portraiture demarcate a singular strand of painting in recent art history.
Yoshitomo Nara articulates his own Pop aesthetic in his paintings, drawings and sculptures of animals and small children that synthesize aspects of Japanese culture such as anime with Western influences. Concurrently, Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart, the artist’s largest solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, is on view at Dairy Art Centre, London, until December 14, after which it will travel to the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark, in 2015.
The presentation at Frieze will also include a recent wall sculpture by Richard Tuttle, evincing both his lyrical and poetic use of materials and form. On 14 October Whitechapel Gallery, London, will open a five-decade retrospective of Tuttle’s work. Tuttle’s commission for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall—the largest sculpture of his career—will open the same day and remain on view until 6 April 2015.